Questions tagged [meetings]

Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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How to exclude myself from informal activities with colleagues?

This may sound bad but please consider that I'm truly uncomfortable with these kinds of activities. I'm a junior software developer, I work with an amazing team and I get along with everyone. I'm ...
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How to influence manager to not schedule team meetings during lunch?

Once a week we have team meetings that are scheduled during lunch which the company buys (irrelevant to me since I bring my own lunch anyway). I have no problem with the timing, but I find it insanely ...
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Coworker refused to to their assigned task; how to mention that in upcoming meeting with a new boss after a move inside the same company?

A while ago, I was asked to coordinate measures needed to complete a task. The task was set up to support an important customer C. One sub-task would have fallen to coworker X, who was the only one ...
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Is it okay to write non-offensive humor into meeting minutes?

Yesterday at a meeting with a water Utility our Materials expert said that one of their stored pipes would degrade with exposure to CO2 - carbon dioxide. In the meeting minutes this was noted, and I ...
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Selling points for open-sourcing code [closed]

Related to this question I'm meeting with management, trying to convince them that open-sourcing some pieces of our codebase would be beneficial to the company. On my part, this would become a part ...
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How to gracefully excuse yourself from a meeting due to emergencies such as a restroom break?

Let's say you're in a meeting with your colleagues, manager/boss and some 3rd party people (or people from another team/department) - important here because it's not only your personal image/...
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How to deal with coworkers forcing themselves into every conversation?

I work in a team (~10) who follows Scrum, so we have daily stand ups and other scrum meetings. I have this coworker who is a senior. This coworker is from a different department but we all work very ...
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How to handle former teammates (at same company) regulary asking for meetings with little to no context?

A few months ago, I moved teams within my company. I need to keep supporting some things I created for the old team, with no definite end date. That team has an expectation that anyone on the team can ...
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How to ask inconvenient questions / talk about sensitive topics in front of all employees and your boss?

Once a month we have a meeting, where nearly all employees, managers and the boss (CEO) participates. The main goal of this meeting is to keep all informed about relevant news regarding the company ...
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Addressing unnecessary daily meetings with manager?

About 6 months ago I was hired at a startup software company as a Python developer. The company itself is great. I have learned a tremendous amount as I transitioned from academia to industry (I ...
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Feeling embarrassed after purchasing a gift for a co-worker as an apology

I purchased a co-worker a statue of a bear riding a bicycle, for some reason, as an apology for being late to a meeting. He decided to put it, and the note I wrote introducing the bear, on the table ...
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Boss expects me to attend meetings I was never informed about? [closed]

My boss expected me to attend a meeting I was never informed about existed that isn't a regular event that repeats every couple of cycles.. I'm not going to just assume things exist without reason and ...
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What are some techniques to use to stop yourself from yawning during a long meeting?

I have always had a problem with yawning during long meetings (>1 hour) and I am interested in the techniques that people have used to keep themselves from yawning. I always start to yawn after about ...
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Why team meetings are scheduled at lunch time, mostly?

I am just trying to understand other side if any good reasons behind this scheduling. Background: I faced this with 2-3 managers who schedules weekly/monthly team meetings at lunch time( 1-2 pm) on ...
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How can I politely work my way around not liking coffee or beer when it comes to professional networking?

It seems that coffee is a staple of the workplace. So much that, in a previous workplace, it took 1 hour to raise funds for a new espresso machine as the current one broke down. Our culture is built ...
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Member of staff leaving and wants photos

We have 2 very popular members of staff that are leaving, and one has mentioned it would be nice to have some photo memories. Which is fine. However, the logistics of this is proving difficult. There ...
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Need advice on setting up meeting agenda

I work as part of a small team working on engineering product development. I recently got a promotion to a more strategic-focus role. One of my first tasks is to "redo" the agenda for a recurring ...
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How are you supposed to get any work done when the whole day is meetings? [duplicate]

I'm in a very small department, about 15 people, and we spend most of the day in meetings that aren't necessary, either all together, 1 on 1s, or 3-4 person groups. I usually only get about 30 minutes ...
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Cancelling an non scheduled arranged meeting

A couple of days ago, I had this conversation with a client: Client: Did you want to have a call? Me: Yes, I'm available on Monday morning (9-12). Client: Let's do it at 10. Me: Ok. Now, ...
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When do I bring up unwelcome news?

In the past I tended to break unwelcome news when I was expecting attendees to be least stressed & most likely to have time to discuss about immediate concerns - staying clear of any special ...
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How to support a colleague who finds meetings extremely tiring?

In our software development team we have a colleague who is both a great engineer with a sense of responsibility and a great person. She is usually very involved in discussions during our meetings, ...
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Should I book overtime for an optional after-hours meeting in a bar?

I was invited to an optional meeting by one of my managers to discuss our new website with one of his marketing friends. The meeting is taking place after our normal work hours. It is also at a bar ...
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Indicating to non-invited people I wasn't told to invite them without accusing my coworkers

I recently began a new project with new coworkers. The project being huge, it involves 100+ people whom I have to talk to and work with on a regular basis. I don't know everyone and everyone's role ...
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Fellow Scrum team member appears disengaged from stand ups, scrum master hasn't addressed it - what can/should I do? [closed]

I'm a member of a Scrum team in a matrix managed organisation (as a QA, my actual boss is the QA Manager who has other QAs in other scrum teams as well, but day-to-day I report progress/blockers etc ...
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Colleague pretend to need a review, but want me to do all the work

I am a senior software engineer working in a department with two teams: One team (model team) is responsible for the creation of forecasting models. The other team (my team) is responsible for the ...
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Private or public agenda?

Question Question: at work is your agenda private or public? E.g., can colleagues see your agenda (subject + location) within, for instance, Outlook? Help request What arguments can I give to ...
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How to make sure I'm assertive enough in contact with subordinates?

I'm a first-time manager and sometimes have difficulties judging whether my expectations towards my subordinates are realistic or not. How assertive/ cooperative should I be in the following ...
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How can I participate in a meeting where everyone interrupts each other?

Once a week we have group meetings for all the members of my department to give project updates and it's become standard for everyone to interrupt each other all the time. Like I'll start saying "I'm ...
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Should I check with my boss before I schedule something in his office?

I need to schedule a meeting with me, my boss, and a third person (at my boss's level). none of the conference rooms are available at the only time the meeting is good. Should I ask my boss before I ...
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How to tell company that you will be leaving after one day of joining a remote unpaid internship

I started working as a remote(work-from-home) intern at a very young startup. The internship is for 3 months and I just learned I will have to attend a 3-hour meeting every night. For every meeting ...
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I get bored when people talk too much in meetings. What should I do?

When attending meetings that I should attend, I get bored because some people talk too much without putting action points or setting a plan of the next steps that should be done. I imagine it that ...
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Meeting with the boss one-on-one but a member of HR will be attending [closed]

I have received a letter from my boss saying that a meeting has been arranged for this date and time, and a member of HR will be there. That is all the letter said. When I asked the boss what the ...
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Is there etiquitte for meeting scheduling polls (time from poll to decision)?

Question How long does a person sending out a poll to pick a meeting time have to make a decision on when the meeting will be? Details USA. Large organization with multiple teams, groups, etc. When ...
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Reject many meeting invitations without upsetting the senders

[I found several questions to reject meetings in special situations, but not a general one. So I'm asking this.] I'm infected with meeting overload. Meetings often take up 80% of my weekly working ...
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How to exclude a colleague from a meeting politely?

I'm hosting a meeting and the topic concerns a lot of people in our team but I want to keep it focused and invite only several people as a kickoff. I don't want to invite one specific colleague ...
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Excluded from meetings

I am a lead developer in a business unit, there are 2 other lead developers that are invited to project meetings with the head of department, where they get updates and as asked for their input. I ...
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Suspected (hypo)mania in a business meeting [closed]

I recently met 1:1 with a business mentor and potential investor whom I've met with twice previously at length and am increasingly friendly with. The previous times he's been mild-mannered, relaxed ...
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Is it acceptable to refuse to be somewhere because there is a sick person in the room?

I was in a course for 2 days, small room, 4 people, 1 was very sick (cold or flu, and not respecting good practices like coughing in elbow). I tried to take every precaution I know: wash hands ...
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Convincing management to redo work that's already been done

My agency has been developing an application that they're hoping will bring in a lot of revenue and they're going about it the wrong way. The agency usually only deals with wordpress and drupal type ...
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How to refuse to go to a meeting without a key team member present

I have a project manager that's been very relaxed on actually managing a project. His main style of management is to pick a laundry list of things that need to be accomplished in 1 week and tell the ...
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How do you respond when someone scoffs at your reasoned answer to their question?

I have the following scenario where a person I'm working with is new in the team and they're in a leadership role within the team. They asked why something was done a particular way. I gave them ...
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Awkward moment at department meeting

I zoned out in my department meeting (about 80 people) and suddenly heard my name in the department award session. I was still thinking what I did to get the award so didn’t stand up to accept my ...
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Meeting scheduled outside of work hours for support team

We are a small company of around 14 employees that provides 3rd party support for software that is made by other companies. I work in the support team. My colleagues and I have noticed a common ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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Driving the skype meetings, speaking effectively in skype meetings [closed]

I am a decent speaker but in a Skype conference call, I often stay quiet. Also when there are meetings with upper management I remain quiet. What are some of the good tips to speak in Skype meetings, ...
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How to handle a boss who constantly stares with an angry face in meetings?

Background: I am a software developer with little over of a decade experience in my job, based on India, but now I am working in Toronto through my Indian employer for 3+ years. ( I am a full time ...
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Organization and efficiency of team meetings and 1-to-1

We are a small (5 people) team of geographically dispersed employees in a big international corporation. Up until now, our manager decided not to have 1-to-1 meetings with any of us, but a single ...
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How to talk to an oblivious boss who takes calls in bathroom unmuted

My boss has a bad habit of leaving his phone unmuted when on a conference call. Usually, we hear some background keyboard noise or some throat clearing noise, and somebody politely asks everyone to ...
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Boss immediately responds to me without letting me finish my question

When I'm in a meeting with several people and I start to ask a question, my boss usually interrupts me when I'm about 70% done asking my question/providing context. When she interrupts, she typically ...
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Incorrect scrum meeting format not allowing for enough participation from developers

I recently starting working on a project team for a company that is transitioning to Agile methodologies, and that means daily scrum meetings. The scrum masters, however, tend to hold their meeting ...